Benson Homestead and Forest located in western Maine, just minutes from Route 26, the major travel corridor to the western mountains and the White Mountain National Forest. Besides the convenient regional location, within 30 minutes of Mount Abram and Sunday River Ski Resorts, this property offers easy access to the gently rolling, well-managed forest. Whether you are seeking a rental property, recreational woodlot or a working farm, this property has all those features and more.
The property is located in the western Maine towns of West Paris and Woodstock, historic former mill towns that are known for their abundance of semi-precious gems. The property is within 30 minutes of Sunday River Ski Resort and the White Mountain National Forest, both of which are considered recreational hotspots within the region. Travel a bit further and the city of Portland offers the historic downtown waterfront with shopping and restaurants to cater to any style or taste.
There are several points of access to the property. The first is from the south via Main Street in West Paris where the farmhouse is located. Additional access points are found north and east of the farmhouse, two on Churchill Hill Road and one on Curtis Hill Road in Woodstock. These access areas are the primary access for forest management activities.
The property is comprised of several contiguous lots. The first is the farmhouse lot which includes a field on the approach to the forest to the north. The balance of the lots make up the remainder of the forested property. The topography is rolling with slopes generally less than 12%. Soils are comprised of fine sandy loams ranging from somewhat poorly to somewhat excessively drained soils that are characterized as being deep and stony. Several intermittent stream channels are found throughout the property.
The forested majority of the property is well-stocked with mixed species, offering a wide range of size classes from sapling/pole-sized hardwoods to large mixed hardwood and white pine sawtimber. The property offers a good mix of species composition and size classes, allowing for continued forest management and income-generating opportunities. The well-established trail network facilitates future forestry and recreational activities.
The farmhouse consists of two rental apartments – a first floor and a second floor, both with separate entrances. A large attached barn, with access to the fields and trails behind, provides potential opportunities for horses and/or trail riding. In addition, a detached oversized garage provides a third rental arrangement as file storage for a local business. The property currently is under the care of a property manager.
The property is covered by a conservation easement on 156 acres of the forest and is held by the Western Foothills Land Trust. The easement was established in 2005 with the purpose of allowing for long-term economic benefits from timber harvesting, promoting a healthy and sustainable forest resource, while conserving and protecting the various ecological amenities that the property offers.